vCloud Request Manager Install and Configure Tips

  There has been a few posts out there on installing and setting up vCloud Request Manager.  I spent a good couple days last week doing my own install adding to my vCloud in a Box Lab so here is some of my notes from the installation as I performed it.  There is a couple videos on YouTube by the ... Read More »

vCenter Chargeback User Contexts

So there is always a question that comes up when we install vCenter Chargeback with vCloud director.  In most cases folks, ask the same question.  “Which interface do I use to access the tool”.  What they are referring to is the fact that there is the Web interface as well as the vCenter plugin interface available.  I did some poking ... Read More »

VCDX Defense Tips

Well folks, last week at Partner Exchange 2011 marked the final sessions of the VCDX3 version of the defenses.  We now move onto VCDX4 in 2011 for those of you who are looking into this highest level of VMware certification I wanted to provide a little input.  First off I was amazed in a vCloud design workshop when asked who ... Read More »

My Favorite WordPress Plugins [Updated]

So after almost a year now of using WordPress I thought it was time to write up a list of my favorite WordPress plugins that are also used on this site.  I have used many free ones, and recently have purchased others, but I think I have landed on the list I will continue to use for some time moving forward.  Many ... Read More »

VMware vCloud Director FAQ

I decided to start an ongoing list of the most common, yet in some cases basic vCloud Director FAQ.  I would love to get more questions as comments so I can keep this updated on a regular basis.  Please feel free to ask me anything and I will try to add them in here as they come.  Some of these ... Read More »

How Does The Cloud Affect Your Operational Procedures?

I was asked just the other day by a very large and good VMware customer how other companies are handling their Operational changes with the implementation of vCloud and the internal private clouds.  My short answer for better or worse was, they are struggling.  The truth of the matter is Virtualization is like having a baby…..it changes EVERYTHING.  Many customers ... Read More »

How To Update DELL Firmware With ESXi

The Challenge: It is no secret at this point that VMware is moving more to the ESXi hypervisor model.  This poses a few challenges the least of which is how to update a server’s firmware, Bios, and other hardware level items without a Linux Service Console.  With many of the servers also not coming with floppy drives, we are forced to find ... Read More »

vCloud Allocation Models, vCenter Resource Pools, and Per VM Resource Settings, Say What?

Why Do I Care About This Topic? Maybe you don’t, but if you are like some folks I have talked to in the past few months there is some level of confusion on the relationship between Allocation Models in vCloud Director and the vSphere Resource Pools that get created.  I have found myself discussing this relationship more and more especially ... Read More »

VMware vCloud Director Within Enterprise IT Private Clouds

We keep hearing about “moving to the cloud”, which is great for those of us at VMware, and equally great for our customers.  I, for one, love all this cloud talk, as I’m part of our vCloud Delivery Team.  Within our group, I specifically work on the enterprise side.  We have some folks who focus on service providers like Terremark, and ... Read More »

Maximizing Your Internet Connectivity Using OpenDNS

This week we saw a major outage with Comcast Internet in the Northeast.  Personally I use TDS Telecom for my DSL, but one thing I have used for the past few years at my house is OpenDNS and anyone using them were not affected by the outage.  Now why was the Comcast outage so interesting?  Well first you need to understand ... Read More »

First Impressions of the Logitech Revue

Well, if you have not heard about it GoogleTV has been out for a few weeks now on certain Sony TV’s as well as the Logitech Revue.  The only reason I picked up the Revue was because DISH Network was running a special for existing customers with a huge discount.  That, and it has massive DISH DVR integration unlike with ... Read More »

What Will Jimmy Johnson’s 5th Straight Mean For Viewers?

Well folks, as much as I hate to admit it, yesterday the #48 Lowes team and Jimmy Johnson made the “Drive for Five” a reality.  Although this is my wife’s favorite driver, one has to ask themselves what does this mean to the sport?  We all love to see dominance in any sport don’t we?  Maybe or maybe not I ... Read More »

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